Speak Lord: That we might drink deep

Ministry

On Sunday, the 21st Sunday of the Year, the Gospel we hear is the final part of Chapter 6 of St John’s Gospel, where Jesus speaks of his love, his life shared as food and drink. The words cause scandal to those who first hear them, and they cause many people to fall away from Jesus.

The psalm puts on the lips of the Church a confession of faith and trust: ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good.’

 Taste and see that the Lord is good.

I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

The Lord turns his face against the wicked
to destroy their remembrance from the earth.
The Lord turns his eyes to the just
and his ears to their appeal.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

They call and the Lord hears
and rescues them in all their distress.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted;
those whose spirit is crushed he will save.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Many are the trials of the just man
but from them all the Lord will rescue him.
He will keep guard over all his bones,
not one of his bones shall be broken.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Evil brings death to the wicked;
those who hate the good are doomed.
The Lord ransoms the souls of his servants.
Those who hide in him shall not be condemned.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Psalm 33:2-3,16-23

  • Where and how have you learnt that the Lord is good?
  • In what way has knowing his goodness helped nourish you, and helped you grow?

Image of ministering angel. Medjugorje. © 2014, Allen Morris

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